10 Minute Art Journal Pages

Hi there everyone, Tanyalee back with another tutorial. As it is the Season of Introspection, I thought it would be a fun idea to do a tutorial on making 10 minute art journal pages. Pages that let you be free and not think too much about the details, and even let you go inside your own head for just a few minutes and let those thoughts out. The key is to limit your time, but not let the timeframe cause you stress.

I’ve made two videos for you to watch, using two different art techniques, but first I’ll give you a few tips to get you started.

What will you need?

  • a timer (I used my phone)
  • whatever materials you wish to use (paints already laid out on a palette, collage pieces ready to go)
  • a journal or piece of paper or card already prepped with gesso (if necessary)
  • heat tool (essential if using wet media like paint and glue)
  • a quote if you wish to use one, or you can just write whatever pops into your head
  • your imagination.

So let’s get started.

(NOTE: This my first every tutorial video and I got the position of the journal a bit wrong so apologies for the cut off bit – I think you can still see enough though to see how I did things.)

I didn’t have any ideas before I started filming these videos, I just went with my instincts. I totally understand that this is a hard thing to do though. I actually procrastinated about starting for a while, I think that was more because I knew I would have a camera filming every move though. My advice would be just to let your heart guide you – and the heat tool will be your best friend if you are using a wet medium. The most important thing is to enjoy the process – be in the moment and create whatever comes to mind. These pages don’t have to be gallery pieces – it is more about letting go and relaxing with your tools and GETTING MESSY!



Tanyalee is a mum to three grown up kids, a wife to her childhood sweetheart, a full time graphic designer and a part time crafter/art journaler. She loves growing veggies to feed her family, she loves raising her fur babies (cats, rabbits and guinea pigs) and she loves spending her spare time just pottering around her house. Tanyalee LOVES being at home more than anything else – as long as her family is nearby.


  1. Michelle LaPoint

    These are wonderful Tanyalee! Thank you for the tutorials! I always have a hard time working fast, and this is so helpful to see!

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Glad you found it helpful.

  2. Lucia

    Great, thank u 🙂 how fast and how beautiful…

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Thanks Lucia. Glad you liked it.

  3. Vanessa Oliver-lloyd

    love that piece with the bold black marks on the vellum (?). Timing myself is something I never do but you make me want to try!

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Thanks V. That’s a gelli print on deli paper actually.it worked really well to use up an old print that was sitting in my drawer. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  4. Cheryl Angelini

    I love your pages and appreciate your tutorial. I will try this today. Making a background in 10 mins will be a challenge for me!

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Thanks Cheryl. Can’t wait to see your pages.

  5. Clare Davis Etheridge

    Fab videos! I just love to see how everyone creates a page from start to finish. Inspiring stuff.

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      I’m glad you found it inspiring Clare – are you going to try the 10 minute challenge?

  6. Misty GRanade

    Loved those videos!

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Thanks Misty

  7. Emily@squiggleandswirl

    Fabulous tutorial Tanyalee ! I’ve got loads of deli paper from gelli printing , giving this a try for sure. Plus 10 minutes – winner concept !!! Thank you 🙂

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Thanks Em – you page turned out beautifully. Thanks for trying, and sharing it.

  8. Gilly Welch

    Both videos are soooo good! Having things to hand ready to start is definitely the way to go..!!

    • Tanyalee Kahler

      Thanks Gilly. It definitely helps to choose your colour palette and have a pile of papers ready to go. Just don’t think too much about that part. Grab a pile of papers or a few paints and go for it.

  9. Romana

    It was so good watching your clever fingers fly over those pages. So free. I would love to try to working like that. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Meghan Deinhard

    This is a great idea! I tend to make my pages so “important”. It would be nice to just let go and create something simple. Ten minutes? Phew… maybe 15… lol! Great videos!!!!!